Danny Spiegel


John Turturro's No Slouch


John Turturro had a hunch. The actor was playing Howard Cosell in the TNT movie Monday Night Mayhem (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET), and it wasn't just the legendary sportscaster's nasally voice that he would use as a shorthand way of keying into the character — it was his hunched-over posture.

"I had these jackets made a little too small to push my shoulders in, because if you buttoned them, it would just pull me right over," Turturro tells TV Guide Online. "I told the designer, 'Listen, this jacket's too small, but it's perfect for my shoulders because my shoulders are bigger than his.'"

Mayhem chronicles the early years of ABC's Monday Night Football, including the fragile beginnings of Frank Gifford read more

Another Quantum Leap?


It's been nearly a decade since Quantum Leap went off the air, but fans of the show are still itching to vault into the body of its creator, Donald P. Bellisario, to figure out what really happened during that head-scratching final episode.

When viewers last saw Scott Bakula's alter ego Sam Beckett, he was trapped in a small-town tavern in 1953 where an enigmatic bartender appeared to solve the mystery surrounding the time traveler's existence. While Bellisario has attempted to decode the ending to Leap loyalists before, he clarifies to TV Guide Online that the bartender was "God, or fate," as he wanted Sam to at last meet the one who had "created him." And the significance of the bar itself? It was a recreation of the pub once owned by Bellisario's late father.

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Larry Sanders Sidekick Returns


Onscreen, the murky set of The Practice doesn't seem the most welcoming atmosphere. Behind the scenes, however, it's a different story. "Can I just say that I fell in love with Michael Badalucco?" says Jeffrey Tambor, who guest starred on last night's episode, "Liar's Poker." "What a great actor and what a great guy. I can't say enough about him."

Best known for his portrayal of needy, self-absorbed sidekick Hank on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, Tambor plays Jimmy's (Badalucco) menacing sports bookie, who collects on a gambling debt by enlisting his legal services. "This is not Hank Kingsley," insists the actor. "This is Hank Kingsley's exact opposite. The character is very different from how I usually play. We all have a dark side... so you draw on it."

The dark side looks bright when you consider The Practice's track record of Emmy noms for guest-starring roles alone: That's 10 nominations sin read more

Larry Sanders Sidekick Returns


Onscreen, the murky set of The Practice doesn't seem the most welcoming atmosphere. Behind the scenes, however, it's a different story. "Can I just say that I fell in love with Michael Badalucco?" says Jeffrey Tambor, who guest starred on last night's episode, "Liar's Poker," airing at 10 pm/ET on ABC. "What a great actor and what a great guy. I can't say enough about him."

Best known for his portrayal of needy, self-absorbed sidekick Hank on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, Tambor plays Jimmy's (Badalucco) menacing sports bookie, who collects on a gambling debt by enlisting his legal services. "This is not Hank Kingsley," insists the actor. "This is Hank Kingsley's exact opposite. The character is very different from how I usually play. We all have a dark side... so you draw on it."

The dark side looks bright when you consider The Practice's track record of Emmy noms for guest-starring roles alone read more

Cover Me Star Uncovered


Cancellation can be a tough pill to swallow, even coming from a former teen idol who happens to be the program's creator. "Shaun Cassidy called me," says Melora Hardin, who co-starred as Barbara Arno, FBI wife and mother on USA's Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family. "Obviously I was shocked because the show was doing so well, and we had just taken all these new publicity photos and they had just changed the main titles; so they had put all this money into it."

Citing low ratings, USA earlier this month announced that it wasn't renewing the critically acclaimed series, which chronicled the life of an FBI agent who would bring his family along with him on his undercover exploits. The final original episode will be broadcast March 4.

"My honest thoughts are that it was a good show and that the network kind of abandoned us," says Hardin, noting that Cover Me aired in three different timeslots during its 11 months on the air. "We were a read more

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